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Éamon de Valera

A Will to Power

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$29.95 • £23.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674660380

Publication Date: 04/25/2016


320 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

20 halftones

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  • List of Illustrations*
  • Map: Éamon de Valera’s Homes in Blackrock
  • Introduction
  • 1. From Bruree to Blackrock
  • 2. The Greening of Edward de Valera
  • 3. Éamon de Valera and the 1916 Rising
  • 4. The Assumption of Power, 1916–19
  • 5. Mission to America, 1919–20
  • 6. 1921: War and Peace
  • 7. Catastrophe
  • 8. A Glass Wall
  • 9. The Path Back to Power
  • 10. The Attainment of Independence, 1932–8
  • 11. Independence Affirmed: Neutrality in World War II
  • 12. De Valera’s Ireland
  • 13. Marking Time, 1948–59
  • 14. Last Laps, 1959–75
  • Conclusion
  • References
  • Select Bibliography
  • Acknowledgements
  • Index
  • * Illustrations
    • 1. Éamon de Valera waving to crowds in New York, 1919–20
    • 2. Catherine (Kate) Coll, de Valera’s mother
    • 3. Edward (Ned) Coll, de Valera’s uncle
    • 4. De Valera at school in his last year in Charleville in 1898 and at Blackrock College in 1899
    • 5. De Valera with the teaching staff at Rockwell College in 1903
    • 6. De Valera with a hunting rifle at Rockwell, 1904
    • 7. Éamon de Valera and Sinéad Flanagan on their wedding day, 8 January 1910
    • 8. Commandant de Valera leading the 3rd Battalion of the Dublin Brigade of the Irish Volunteers under escort by British troops to Ballsbridge Barracks after his surrender on 29 April 1916
    • 9. De Valera with cheering supporters at the East Clare by-election in July 1917
    • 10. De Valera with Richard Mulcahy and Cathal Brugha on the morning of 6 December 1921, the day of de Valera’s decision to oppose the Anglo–Irish Treaty signed in London hours earlier
    • 11. De Valera and Arthur Griffith in Dublin, 13 August 1921
    • 12. De Valera en route to speak at Ennis on 15 August when he was arrested by Irish Free State troops
    • 13. De Valera with J. W. Dulanty en route to a meeting of the Council of the League of Nations in Geneva in 1932 (Source: Central News)
    • 14. De Valera with Malcolm MacDonald on 24 April 1938, the day before de Valera signed the Anglo–Irish agreements that represented his greatest diplomatic achievement
    • 15. De Valera with Winston Churchill in London in 1953 (Source: The Irish News Agency)
    • 16. De Valera in New Delhi in June 1948 with the Indian prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Lady Edwina Mountbatten, the wife of the Governor-General (Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India)
    • 17. De Valera with Joseph P. Walshe and Frank Aiken during a visit to the Vatican in 1950
    • 18. President de Valera kissing the ring of the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, John Charles McQuaid, at the cutting of the first sod for the science building in University College Dublin on 7 June 1962
    • 19. President John Kennedy points to Irish Premier Sean Lemass, right, as he chats with Ireland’s President Eamon De Valera June 28, 1963 at the United States Embassy in Dublin. (Source: AP Photo)
    • 20. General Charles de Gaulle with President de Valera at Áras an Uachtaráin in June 1969

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